A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Add. E. 4 (R)

Summary Catalogue no.: 29110


Poem on the Passion of Christ (imperfect at beginning)
Language(s): Middle English

Physical Description

Form: roll
Support: parchment


Good miniatures (damaged), initials. (P├Ącht and Alexander iii. 976)

membr. 1

  • Type miniatures
  • Subject Scenes and instruments of Passion: base of column with rope; Christ bearing the Cross, walking on path with footprints; three nails with blood; hammer; vessel of gall with handle; crossed lance and pole with sponge; ladder; crossed tongues and pincers; head of a Jew in fantastic hat, spitting at Christ; cross on a base of earth; Christ as the Man of Sorrows, in tomb, hands crossed.


Origin: 15th century, middle ; English

Record Sources

Summary description by Elizabeth Solopova and Matthew Holford, based on the Summary Catalogue and supplementary sources.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.